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Skanking With The Upsetter (RSD24 EDITION)

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    12 of the late, great Lee 'Scratch' Perry's hugely influential early dub tracks, most officially unavailable on vinyl for decades

    Carroll Thompson

    Hopelessly In Love - National Album Day 2021 Edition

      Affectionately dubbed ‘Queen of Lovers Rock’, Carroll Thompson first took the UK’s music scene by storm in 1980 when her classic single, ‘Simply In Love’ propelled her into country’s reggae chart, where it remained in the Top 10 for over four months.

      The achievement was repeated the following year with the breathtakingly beautiful follow-up, ‘Hopelessly In Love’, the immense popularity of which spawned the multi-talented performer’s best-selling debut long-player of the same name.

      Reportedly selling in excess of a million albums worldwide, the 10-track album included the aforementioned hits alongside additional new original works that have since become widely regarded as classics of the genre.

      Recently voted by readers of Mojo magazine as the greatest lovers rock album of all time, the “Hopelessly In Love” LP also demonstrated the breadth of Carroll’s talent, with the singer not only performing and penning all of the material, but also coproducing the entire set.

      To celebrate its 40th anniversary, Trojan Records proudly make this seminal long-player available once more. Remastered and re-presented in its original sleeve, the vinyl version has been pressed on high quality 180g colour vinyl, while the CD and digital collections include 5 bonus tracks, all of which have been unavailable on any format since the early Eighties.

      With both physical versions further augmented by newly written sleeve notes and rare imagery from Carroll herself, “Hopelessly In Love” finally receives the deluxe treatment its status and profound influence has long since deserved.


      TRACK LISTING

      Vinyl:
      LP
      Side A
      1. Yesterday
      2. I’m So Sorry
      3. No, You Don’t Know
      4. Sing Me A Love Song
      5. Mr. Cool
      Side B
      1. Merry-Go- Round
      2. Simply In Love
      3. When We Are As One
      4. What Colour?
      5. Hopelessly In Love

      CD
      1. Yesterday
      2. I’m So Sorry
      3. No, You Don’t Know
      4. Sing Me A Love Song
      5. Mr Cool
      6. Merry-Go-Round
      7. Simply In Love
      8. When We Are As One
      9. What Colour
      10. Hopelessly In Love (LP Mix)
      11. You Are The One I Love (12” Mix)
      12. Your Love (12” Mix)
      13. Make It With You – Carroll Thompson & Sugar Minott (12” Mix)
      14. Make It With You Version – The Black Roots Players (12” Mix)
      15. Hopelessly In Love (12” Mix)

      Various Artists

      The Trojan Story

        One of the most significant collections in Trojan’s immense catalogue, the ‘The Trojan Story’ album dramatically changed the perception of Jamaican music among the general British public outside of the country’s Afro-Caribbean population.

        Prior to its release in 1971 there had never been an attempt to present a comprehensive anthology of the island’s musical development, with vintage ska, rock steady and reggae widely regarded as obsolete and of precious little merit.

        The treble disc set, which became an instant best-seller, had been the brainchild of Trojan’s label manager and Black Music fan, Rob Bell, who, assisted by Trojan stalwarts, Dandy, Webster Shrowder and Joe Sinclair, produced arguably the most significant Jamaican music retrospectives of all time.

        Now, 50 years following its original release, this hugely influential album has been revisited by Bell, along with reggae musician, Rusty Zinn, who have succeeded in improving what was already an almost perfect collection.

        Presented in the original eye-catching artwork, the set is further enhanced by a highly illustrated 50-page booklet in which Bell relates the stories behind the release and the 50 tracks featured on the compilation.


        TRACK LISTING

        3LP Vinyl  tracklisting:
        LP 1
        Side A
        1. Invitation To Jamaica – Lord Tanamo
        2. Fat Man – Derrick Morgan
        3. Tell Me Darling – Jackie Edwards
        4. Running Around – Owen Gray
        5. Miss Jamaica – Jimmy Cliff
        6. Housewife’s Choice – Derrick And Patsy
        7. Give Me All Of Your Love – The Continentals
        8. Darling Patricia – Owen Gray

        Side B
        1. Rough And Tough – Stranger Cole
        2. Man To Man – Kentrick Patrick
        3. Uno-Dos-Tres – Stranger & Ken
        4. Slow Boat – Al T. Joe
        5. Rude Boy – Duke Reid’s Group
        6. Gone Is Yesterday – Higgs & Wilson
        7. I'm In The Mood For Ska – Lord Tanamo
        8. Virginia Ska – The Baba Brooks Band
        9. Satan – Justin Hinds & The Dominoes

        LP 2
        Side A
        1. One Eyed Giant – Baba Brooks & His Band
        2. Every Night – Joe White And Chuck
        3. King Size – Baba Brooks & His Band
        4. Syncopate – The Astronauts
        5. Keep The Pressure On – Winston & George
        6. Oh Babe – The Techniques
        7. Train To Skaville – The Ethiopians
        8. Rudy, A Message To You - Dandy Livingstone

        Side B
        1. Dreader Than Dread – Honey Boy Martin & The Voices
        2. It's Raining – The Three Tops
        3. The Whip – The Ethiopians
        4. Pretty Africa – Desmond Dekker & The Aces
        5. Rock Steady – Alton Ellis & The Flames
        6. Rock Steady Train – Ewan & Jerry
        7. King Without A Throne – Sugar Simone
        8. Perfidia – Phyllis Dillon

        LP 3
        Side A
        1. Musical Train – Roy Shirley
        2. Do The Beng Beng – Derrick Morgan
        3. Way Of Life - Lynn Taitt & The Jets
        4. Second Fiddle – Tommy McCook & The Supersonics
        5. People Funny Boy – Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry
        6. I've Got To Get You Off My Mind – The Tennors
        7. Do The Reggay – The Maytals
        8. Nana – The Slickers

        Side B
        1. Tell Me Baby – Delano Stewart
        2. Mama Look Deh – The Reggae Boys
        3. Hong Kong Flu – The Ethiopians
        4. Pressure Drop – The Maytals
        5. Them A Laugh And A Ki Ki – The Soul Mates
        6. Walking In The Rain – The Melodians
        7. Satisfaction – Carl Dawkins
        8. Black And White – The Maytones
        9. Rasta Never Fails – The Charmers

        3CD Tracklisting:
        Disc 1
        1. Invitation To Jamaica – Lord Tanamo
        2. Fat Man – Derrick Morgan
        3. Tell Me Darling – Jackie Edwards
        4. Running Around – Owen Gray
        5. Miss Jamaica – Jimmy Cliff
        6. Housewife’s Choice – Derrick And Patsy
        7. Give Me All Your Love – The Continentals
        8. Darling Patricia – Owen Gray
        9. Rough And Tough – Stranger Cole
        10. Man To Man – Kentrick Patrick
        11. Uno-Dos-Tres – Stranger & Ken
        12. Slow Boat – Al T. Joe
        13. Rude Boy – Duke Reid’s Group
        14. Gone Is Yesterday – Higgs & Wilson
        15. I'm In The Mood For Ska – Lord Tanamo
        16. Virginia Ska – The Baba Brooks Band
        17. Satan – Justin Hinds & The Dominoes

        Disc 2
        1. One Eyed Giant – Baba Brooks & His Band
        2. Every Night – Joe White And Chuck
        3. King Size – Baba Brooks & His Band
        4. Syncopate – The Astronauts
        5. Keep The Pressure On – Winston & George
        6. Oh Babe – The Techniques
        7. Train To Skaville – The Ethiopians
        8. Rudy, A Message To You - Dandy Livingstone
        9. Dreader Than Dread – Honey Boy Martin & The Voices
        10. It's Raining – The Three Tops
        11. The Whip – The Ethiopians
        12. Pretty Africa – Desmond Dekker & The Aces
        13. Rock Steady – Alton Ellis & The Flames
        14. Rock Steady Train – Ewan & Jerry
        15. King Without A Throne – Sugar Simone
        16. Perfidia – Phyllis Dillon

        Disc 3
        1. Musical Train – Roy Shirley
        2. Do The Beng Beng – Derrick Morgan
        3. Way Of Life - Lynn Taitt & The Jets
        4. Second Fiddle – Tommy McCook & The Supersonics
        5. People Funny Boy – Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry
        6. I've Got To Get You Off My Mind – The Tennors
        7. Do The Reggay – The Maytals
        8. Nana – The Slickers
        9. Tell Me Baby – Delano Stewart
        10. Mama Look Deh – The Reggae Boys
        11. Hong Kong Flu – The Ethiopians
        12. Pressure Drop – The Maytals
        13. Them A Laugh And A Ki Ki – The Soul Mates
        14. Walking In The Rain – The Melodians
        15. Satisfaction – Carl Dawkins
        16. Black And White – The Maytones
        17. Rasta Never Fails – The Charmers

        Desmond Dekker

        Pretty Africa

          THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2019 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

          Recorded at Chalk Farm Studio in the summer of 1973, this long-lost album, showcasing the talents of reggae superstar Desmond Dekker and his backing group, the Aces, was recently discovered in the legendary Trojan archives. Comprising 7 superb sides performed by Desmond Dekker himself, and a further five highlighting the not inconsiderable vocal talents of the Aces, we are sure fans will agree that the 45 year delay in the release of this previously unissued collection has certainly been well worth the wait!

          John Holt

          1000 Volts Of Holt

            Originally released in 1974 this album is made up of cover versions of classic pop and soul tracks, all rendered in a soulful reggae style. Reggae balladeer John Holt wraps his silken voice around standards like 'Never Never Never', 'Baby I'm A Want You', 'Help Me Make It Through The Night', 'Mr Bojangles' and 'Killing Me Softly With Her Song'. If you like smooth reggae you'll love the voice of John Holt. There's nothing rootsy or challenging here, just soulful reggae interpretations of some great songs, delivered in a clear, concise and heart-felt manner.

            Junior Byles

            Beat Down Babylon

              In honour of the 80th birthday of Jamaica's most enigmatic music creator, Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Trojan line up a trio of seminal vinyl albums from Perry's most prolific period. Kicking the set off is Junior Byles’ influential roots classic from 1972, "Beat Down Babylon". Comprising the famed singer’s early solo recordings from the previous two years, the LP has since become a widely sought-after collector’s item, often hailed at Lee Perry’s finest work prior to the opening of his Black Ark studio late the following year. Despite its enviable reputation, the LP has been unavailable on vinyl since its original release, with this long overdue reissue sure to delight fans of Perry, early roots and one of Jamaica’s most gifted singer-songwriters. 


              STAFF COMMENTS

              Patrick says: Out of press since its original 1972 release, this Lee Perry produced roots masterpiece is back on the black stuff for all the real reggae fans out there.


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